Health Check: Arts-based day program
PAWTUCKET, R.I. —
He cannot walk on his own, or speak, but 20-year-old Kyle Page gets around just fine in his wheelchair, with help. And he has no problem communicating through a special device.
"I perform music with the RHD band called the Kings and Queens of Rock n Roll," Kyle said through a computer-generated voice.
RHD stands for Resources for Human Development, a nonprofit arts therapy program. The Kings and Queens of Rock n Roll is a band Kyle is a part of, along with musician Patrick Baron who works for RHD and with Kyle.
"The power of music and art is so prevalent here. It's, like, such a loving environment," Patrick said.
Kyle, who was able bodied until he contracted bacterial meningitis at the age of 3-and-a-half, doesn't want people to feel sorry for him. But he does want you to know some things.
"I like to paint," Kyle said.
Patrick will tell you Kyle could paint for hours. But there's no doubt about it, music is his passion.
"He's learning how to play the drums now," Patrick said.
And he's also dabbling in song writing.
"There's a songwriting class where a song is written right on the spot," Kyle said.
And that is where this song writing duo -- Patrick and Kyle -- came to be, collaborating on a song they now perform in the community. It's called "Feel."
"I just came up with the concept 'Feel' because he's paralyzed and he can't feel a lot of things physically, but he can feel a lot of things like love and appreciation. And I asked him if he'd want to write a song with that premise and he said yeah. So with the assistance of his communication device, we put the song together," Patrick said.
Patrick sings while Kyle mouths the words he helped write.
"Kyle and I just played at Rhode Island College last Wednesday, and we did shows at Slater Park all summer," Patrick said.